Jón Atli Benediktsson, rector of the University of Iceland and professor of electrical and computer engineering, continues to be ranked on the Clarivate Analytics list of the most influential researchers in the world.
Highly Cited Researchers ranks the top 1% by citations for each field of study and publication year in international science journals. The list is based on data from the Web of Science database that has been checked specially according to quality standards. This year the ranking takes note of citations from 2011 to 2021 and includes almost 6,900 research scientists in 20 fields of study.
Jón Atli Benediktsson is featured among the leading scientists in earth sciences as he is at the forefront in the field of remote sensing and digital image analysis which are widely used in that area. Remote sensing involves, for example, taking digital images from planes and satellites and using these to extract data regarding the Earth's surface. Remote sensing involves, for example, taking digital images from planes and satellites and using these to extract data regarding the Earth's surface, e.g. in connection with volcanic eruptions, vegetation and retreating glaciers.
Jón Atli's presence on the list is all the more remarkable considering that he has served as rector for the last eight years and has thus been less active in his research than he was earlier in his career.
Jón Atli is the author of over 400 scientific articles and book chapters in the field of electrical and computer engineering. He has received numerous acknowledgements for his research and contribution to education in remote sensing.
Two guest lecturers at the University of Iceland are placed on this year's list of the most influential researchers in the world. Bernharð Örn Pálsson is professor of bioengineering and medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His specialisation lies in systems biology and the University of Iceland has benefited from his experience in the field. The other one, Jocelyn Chanussot, is professor at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and has specialised in remote sensing, like Jón Atli. He has been a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering for 10 years.
The list from Clarivate over the most influential research scientists in the world can be found on their website.